Guided by New York Times Bestselling author Andre Dubus III, find your remembered story through an honest excavation of the fragments that have never left you.

Dates:
Apr 11, 2023 - Apr 26, 2023

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1095
Class Size: 10

Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform. 
Class meets April 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26th: Tue and Wed for 3 weeks 7-9pm ET, plus 20 min 1:1 with your instructor Andre Dubus III.

If I teach nothing in my writing classes, I teach this: do not outline your memoir (or novel or novella or short story or essay).

Do not think out the plot, the narrative arc, or the protagonist’s journey, even if it is your journey. Instead, try to find your remembered story through an honest excavation of the fragments that have never left you. This is highly subjective material, but it’s where your individual and experiential truths lie.

Do this, and I promise the heft and shape (and themes) of your tale will begin to reveal themselves, without any rigid control from the godly, intelligent, well-read, and ambitious author. But how, precisely, does one go about this “excavation”? And how, technically speaking, can we ignite a memoir into writing itself?

Come to this ONLINE workshop via Zoom, and I will seek to demystify those writerly tools and skills that time and time again, if they are sharp enough, and if the writer can summon enough daily faith and nerve, can penetrate the mystery of the story itself, your story in this case.

Lastly, this workshop will be both generative, where you will be asked to write new material, as well as a standard manuscript workshop, open to those who would like a group critique of an excerpt of their memoir-in-progress or a completed memoir. However, you are not required to have started writing a memoir to be in this course.

Course requirements

If you have a work in progress, please email an excerpt (maximum of 25 pages double-spaced 12-point font) to [email protected]. All work will be shared with every student as well as with the instructor.  Work should be emailed no later than March 28th. For those registering after March 28th, please submit work at the time of registration. 

If you do not have a work in progress, please advise as well.

I look forward to working with you all! – Andre.

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Instructor: Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His 2013 novella collection, Dirty Love, was listed as a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice” and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”.  His most recent novel, Gone So Long, has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and “The Best Books of 2018, Top 100”, Amazon.